LSU football linebacker Jabril Cox left North Dakota State after the 2019 season so he could improve his draft stock (among other reasons).
Cox chose the Tigers in part due to their history of sending players to the NFL.
Unfortunately for Cox, a pandemic shortened season, combined with a bad defensive coordinator hire (the Bo Pelini experiment failed miserably), didn’t give the talented linebacker a great opportunity to showcase his abilities to NFL scouts.
Cox was viewed before the season as a potential first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Missouri native, however, wasn’t selected until the fourth round (by the Dallas Cowboys, with the No. 115 overall pick).
LSU football’s Jabril Cox has the perfect reaction to being drafted later than anticipated.
It’s not uncommon for players to slip down draft boards and have to wait longer to hear their called than anticipated.
Everyone handles that moment differently. Some players don’t deal with it very well. Other players use it as motivation.
For Cox, it will certainly be used at motivation. But he likely had an easier time dealing with being passed up than other players would.
That’s because Cox is accustomed to being overlooked.
“Coming out of high school, I’ve been underrecruited, underrated,” said Cox in an interview with 105.3 The Fan. “This happening and falling this late, it’s nothing new. It’s a chip that’s on my shoulder and I’m just glad Dallas, they picked me and I can show the league, the whole league, what they missed out on.”
That’s a perfect reaction from Cox. He can’t do anything about where he was drafted. He can’t do anything about the offers he received out of high school. There’s no reason to dwell on those things.
Instead, Cox is ready to go to work and prove some folks wrong.
Dallas is getting a good one in Jabril Cox. And it won’t be long before the rest of the league regrets passing on the former Tiger.